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Happy Holidays To All The Pets At Home, And How To Bring Them Along This Year

Some families sign their pets names at the bottom of the Christmas cards, so this years bring them along to celebrate the holidays.

According to the AAA, 91.3 million Americans will be hitting the roads to visit friends and/or relatives 50 miles or farther from home this holiday season. And many of them will be making the trip with one or more family pets in tow, rather than have them boarded or sat with back home.

But taking Fido or Fifi along on a road trip has its own challenges, both for the pets and their owners.

The first consideration when taking one’s animal companion over the proverbial river and through the woods, according to VetIQ.com, is perhaps an obvious one. Determine ahead of time whether your dog or cat is welcome wherever you’re headed, whether it’s a hotel or a relative’s house. Hey – the holidays are stressful enough than to force others to put up with a “surprise” visitor. Then there’s the issue of whether or not the family dog or cat is fit for travel in the first place. Health is an obvious consideration, but so is a dog or cat’s travel demeanor; spending hours confined in a vehicle with an unduly distressed or carsick pet is no fun for all parties concerned. Most cats abhor car travel on a good day. See a veterinarian if you think your pet will require sedatives or anti-nausea medication.

Otherwise, experts suggest it’s prudent to only feed a pet lightly before disembarking and provide fresh water along the way for longer trips, but only when the vehicle is stopped, of course, to avoid spillage. Be sure to bring along a comfortable mat or bed and a favorite toy. We’ve had good luck leaving a towel or small blanket out ahead of time to absorb both the scents of home and our cats as a calming tool. And ensure the pet is wearing an ID tag with your name, address, and phone number in case he or she gets loose at some point and runs off.

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New Air Bag Technology Increases Driver Safety Inside The Vehicle

In an accident it is the airbag that we rely on to save our lives.

Over the decades automakers have developed airbags to mitigate injuries from frontal impacts as well as those from the side, including rollovers, but until recently manufacturers and parts suppliers have not addressed the dangers associated with occupants suffering injury through contact with one another or parts of a vehicle’s interior during a crash. GM was the first to announce center-mounted airbags starting in 2013, and Toyota and Mercedes-Benz have been testing similar systems.

That could change soon as regulatory agencies are giving this technology a second look.

“We are experiencing rising interest in this new airbag technology and Euro NCAP is currently assessing new side impact test protocols for 2018 and beyond,” said Dirk Schultz, global engineering director, ZF TRW Inflatable Restraints Systems.  “If implemented, we believe that many new vehicles could require far-side airbag modules.”

German supplier ZF TRW has developed a new center airbag design aimed at protecting occupants in “far-side” and “near-side” crashes, in which the vehicle sustains an impact from the side and occupants hit each other, even if side-impact airbags deploy as designed.

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Technology Changes Everything, Moving Focus From Hardware To Software In Cars

 

When designing the next idea for a car most features developers focus in are hardware, however that is about to change. For decades, the development of power train technology and other hardware innovations gave automakers and suppliers an advantage in the market, and a significant source of ongoing profit through licensing. In recent years, however, there’s been a shift toward software rather than hardware giving car companies and Tier 1 suppliers an edge – not only in vehicle sales but in valuable intellectual property rights and revenue.

“Software is the major factor, and in some cases the deciding factor” in an automaker’s decision to buy one component over another, Egil Juliussen, a director of researcher at IHS Automotive, told Automotive News. He added that technology such as voice recognition and 3-D mapping and the software and electronics associated with such features can now cost more than a vehicle’s raw metal.

But “software expertise is in short supply in any industry, and certainly in the auto industry,” Juliussen noted. “That’s why suppliers are opening up research centers in Silicon Valley – it’s easier to attract talent.”

It’s why automotive supplier Continental recently launched a new career-training program in Germany for automotive software developers. It’s also part of the reason Continental purchased Elektrobit earlier this year, a company that specializes in software development.

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Stuck In Traffic? Top 50 Worst Traffic Gridlocks Across The Nation

It may be an accident, a lane closed, construction or a rush of people trying to come home but there are many reasons why traffic jams occur.

The top-ranked chokepoint in the nation is in Chicago, a stretch of highway that extends 12 miles, costs motorists 16.9 million hours’ worth of time and wastes more than 6.3 million gallons of fuel while cars idle or crawl in traffic. The Los Angeles region has far more gridlocked areas than any other metropolitan area, claiming the next six of the ten worst spots.

Those are among the findings of a new study that identifies and ranks the country’s 50 worst traffic bottlenecks.

In addition to 3 in Chicago and a total of 12 in Los Angeles, the list includes trouble spots in these other metropolitan regions: 9 in and around New York City, 3 near Washington, 3 in Houston, 3 in Boston, 3 in Dallas, 3 in Miami, 2 in Atlanta, 2 in Philadelphia, and 2 in San Francisco/Oakland. Austin ranked number 10 on the list.

The report, “Unclogging America’s Arteries 2015; Prescriptions for Healthier Highways,” released on Monday by the American Highway Users Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group, also provided a detailed analysis on the top 30 bottlenecks, including the size and costs of the delays, and environmental and safety impacts.

Bottlenecks were ranked based on backups in both directions over the entire day, not just during rush hours, the group said.

“The good news is that this problem is solvable, and Congress can be part of the solution, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement following his address at a press conference at The National Press Club in Washington to announce the release of the report. “As a long-term surface transportation bill moves through conference, I urge our elected leaders to provide the funding growth and policies that are necessary to improve commutes, to raise the bar for safety, and to keep the country moving in the 21st century.”

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Auto Sales Reach a Record High this Month

Thanks to the special year-end deals that carmakers and dealerships are pushing, auto sales have already hit the highest level of the year. This is according to Edmunds.com.

The online auto research firm estimates the pace of sales for the month will be 18.3 million vehicles. That would be the highest monthly sales pace in 2015. It would also mark three straight months where the sales rate topped 18 million vehicles, something that has never happened in the U.S..

“Since 2010, November has delivered one of the three best SAARs in each year, and last year, Thanksgiving weekend accounted for twice as many sales as any other weekend in November. We expect to see both trends continue this year,” said Jessica Caldwell, director of industry analysis at Edmunds.com.

The strong pace of sales has been widely anticipated due to a combination of factors including low unemployment, strong consumer confidence and cheap financing. But November sales are getting an extra boost from year-end promotions offering buyers big discounts and/or low monthly payments.

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Top Cars for Seniors

Senior citizens are often a forgotten consumer groups in automotive industry, yet one with great investment potential. Their needs are specific and so will be the models categorized for them. We bring you a list of top cars for senior citizens that can fulfill their needs and offer right kind of support they deserve.

Hyundai Sonata – One of the best car options for senior citizens, it is pleasant to pockets, spacious, comfortable, and with relatively simpler controls. Equipped with a 2.4-litre engine it delivers a fuel economy of 29mpg. Its’ pricing starts from $22, 000.

Volvo S80 – In case, your grandparents have a taste for some extra style and charm, Volvo S80 is the perfect option that will even fit their bills. The Swedish car has earned high scores for its safety features and comes with a bundle of hi-tech assets.

Subaru Forester – In case the elder members of your family are adventurous or like to travel with complete family, than this is the car for them. Subaru Forester is one of the best cars for old drivers owing to its reliability, safety features, affordability, and large cargo space.

Honda Fit – A little hatchback with large cargo space, outstanding performance, and inspiring fuel economy. It mileage figure stands at 33mpg and is also available with 6-speed manual transmission.

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Give these Cool Car Hacks a Try

Caring for your car can be costly if you’re not careful, but these simple car hacks can help you save money and make your driving experience even better. Give them a try!

1. Use toothpaste to shine your headlights

This surprising household staple is very effective in shining headlights. Simply buff the headlight with toothpaste smeared on a soft cloth, and it’ll look brand new in minutes!

2. Cool a car down instantly without turning on the A/C

Your car can feel like an oven on a hot day, particularly if you don’t park in shaded areas. There’s a trick to cooling it down quickly. Roll down one window, and open and close the door on the other side five to six times. The hot air escapes through the door you’re opening and closing, while the cool air enters through the window on the other side. What’s great about this trick is that you’re not wasting any gas by blasting the A/C.

3. Use a rubber band to hold your phone up

Thread a rubber band through your A/C vent for a makeshift phone holder.

4. Put your car key fob on your chin to increase range

If you can’t find your car, place the car key fob on your chin to increase the range of the car-retrieval signal. The fluids in your head turn it into an adequate conductor.

5. Paint your windshield cracks with nail polish

To slow the cracking of your windshield while you’re taking it to the repair shop, paint over the crack with clear nail polish on both sides of the glass.

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Car and Driver Reveals 10 Best Cars of 2016

It’s that time of year. Time to take a look at Car and Driver’s 10Best.

10Best involves more than drawing up lists of their sub-$80,000 favorites. Every year they enter their weeklong evalu­ation looking for new and improved combinations of virtues: value and engagement, performance and poise, sights and sounds, soul and character.

The cars that earn this award do more than merely succeed on one or two criteria; they come  fully formed, polished, complete. But how do they get that way? This year they delve deeper into their winners’ makings to better explain why they won.

Who builds and develops these cars? Where? How do they go about it? What is a 10Bester truly made of? There are, of course, varied answers because cars are not simple things.

You do not buy them on Etsy, and they’re not running a Maker Faire here. Automobiles are still the most complex and technologically advanced consumer products that man has ever devised.

Find out which cars are on their top 10 list for 2016.

What Car Is Safest For Your Teen To Drive

When driving to school and back is your teen being safe, it all begins with the type of car they are driving.

The goods news is that parents looking for a safe, affordable vehicle for their teen driver have many more options than just a year ago, theInsurance Institute for Highway Safety announced last week with the release of its new, updated recommendations for used vehicles for teens. The list has grown by more than 50 percent since the group’s initial report in 2014, even though the price and safety criteria haven’t changed since last year, the group said.

“Time is on the consumer’s side,” Anne McCartt, the institute’s senior vice president for research, said in a statement. “It’s easier than ever to find a used vehicle with must-have safety features and decent crash test performance without spending a fortune.”

The institute, a nonprofit financed by the insurance industry, compiled its first list of recommended used vehicles after finding that the vast majority of parents who bought a vehicle for their teen driver bought it used.

“The prices for most of the vehicles we recommend for young, novice drivers are still higher than what a lot of people are used to spending,” McCartt added. “We would encourage parents to consider paying a little more for safety if they can.”

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Voice Commands Distracted Driving or Safety Feature

When driving to the store how often do you tell Siri to turn on a certain song or to look up directions to certain location, and how dangerous is it each time you do that.

Drivers can remain distracted for up to 27 seconds after using voice commands on their phones or in-vehicle infotainment systems, research conducted for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found.

In a study released today, researchers tested voice-activated systems in ten 2015 model year vehicles on 257 drivers and three smartphone systems on 65 drivers. They found that each one increased mental distractions and can have residual effects for seconds after the driver has stopped talking.

Of the vehicles tested, the Chevrolet Equinox performed the best while the Mazda6 was found to be the most distracting.

“Hands-free isn’t risk-free,” said Jake Nelson, director of traffic safety advocacy and research. “That’s been our message for years.”

Each hands-free system was rated on a mental distraction scale between 1 and 5, with 5 being the most dangerous. AAA said Category 1 distractions are at the same level as listening to the radio, while Category 5 is equal to taking a challenging test while driving. A rating at or above Category 2, which is the equivalent of talking on the phone, is considered potentially dangerous by AAA.

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